If you are friends with anyone booked on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, you better expect a begging phone call when production is underway for big bucks, because that’s how the show rolls: Booked celebs must canvas their phone books to get big money donations for said charities to appease show host Donald Trump and keep their bid alive to win the long-running reality competition.
Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” was the first star to be eliminated from “Celebrity Apprentice” on Sunday night’s premiere.
Knight Pulliam had her reasons for not calling deep pocketed and former costar Bill Cosby, and she danced around them hard (all of this episode was filmed before Cosby’s sexual abuse allegations spilled in the media) to the ire of her team mates and ultimately Donald Trump, who fired her from ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ for not making the effort to ring up Bill Cosby for dough.
“I have not talked to Bill Cosby on the phone in I don’t know how long,” she said to Donald Trump in the boardroom following the group’s task. “For me to pick up the phone having not talked to you for five years, except for when we run into each other for a Cosby event, I feel that’s not my place to do.”
While Trump called her an “amazing person,” it was her reticence to ring up Cosby as the nail in her coffin. “You didn’t make one call that I really believe that if you’d called that gentleman he would have helped you, even if you hadn’t spoken to him in years,” he said.
Trump took to Twitter to reiterate that this episode was filmed before the sexual assault allegations against Cosby were headline news.